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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]


5×7 Student Lesson Planner Pages


Hi everyone! I’ve had so many requests for a 5x7 homeschool lesson planner, and it’s finally done! What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2014-2015 school year 2014-2015 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month     The planner prints 5x7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your student.     What’s the cost? This super fun planner is available for just $3.99! And you are more than welcome to print extra copies for yourself or your children, so you do not need to purchase one planner for each of your students. PLEASE NOTE: This item is currently only available as a download. You’re welcome to print the file double sided, then have it spiral bound at a local copy store. I … [Read more...]


Spielgaben Version 4 NEW!


Hi everyone! Spielgaben has taken their great product, and made it even better! And I have a special deal today for you too!  See the brand new version 4.0 here! The new version comes with 2 sets of play boards. It includes a wooden checker grid, and a dual sided plastic board to help make use of some of their smaller manipulatives a bit easier. It also comes with extra geometrical figures, as well as vortex balls and rods to help foster creative building and learn about core basics of mathematics through hands-on play.   The new version also includes an improved, expanded, and fully revised curriculum based digital learning resource to help you incorporate the play based learning into your daily routine.   What’s the cost? The set will be retailed at US $449.50 which is a bit higher than their current version due to the increased amount of products you’ll receive. But my readers can get this new version for over 20% off with a discounted price of US … [Read more...]


Crochet Penguin Hat


Hi everyone! I have a super cute crochet penguin hat to share with you all today! Since I’ve made so many fun things for the girls, Turbo has been asking for something as well. And since he loves penguins I thought this might be right up his alley!   You Will Need: 1 5mm crochet hook 1 Skein black yarn (We used Red Heart medium worsted weight yarn.  1 Skein accent color (We used some left over orange that I had from a previous project.) 1 Skein white (Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in white.) 1 Skein blue for the eyes (Red Heart medium weight in Turquoise. The picture below is navy, I changed to the lighter blue because it stood out more.) Two 3/4” black buttons for eyes   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain sl st- slip stitch SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC Decrease – Half Double Crochet Decrease TC – Triple Crochet If you … [Read more...]


What’s in the Workbox Wednesday: Kindergarten


Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my What’s in the Workbox Wednesday series. Today we’re taking a peek into the Teeny Tot’s kindergarten workboxes. Right now it takes her about 2 hours to complete her work each day. Some days take a little bit longer because she sits in with us for Science and history. And no, I don’t make her do any written work or tests for those, she just listens in and does crafts with us whenever possible.   Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible 1) Like everyone else, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things she uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. but we do this … [Read more...]


Co-op Baking Contest


most of you know that we participate in a Co-op this year. And one of the fun things that come with doing a co-op group are things like science fairs, geography fairs, and my personal favorite….baking contests! Actually this year is the first year that my kids participated in the baking contest. They were to come up with a baked goods idea, and execute it on their own.   Tinker Bell & Pig Cupcakes: Tinker Bell decided to make “Pig Brownies”. She used a regular brownie mix and added in chocolate chips for a little more deliciousness. Then she cut pink marshmallows in half for the nose and ears. Next she used frosting to create the eyes and mouth. They turned out awesome, and she won 1st place for the 3rd – 5th graders!     Strawberry Shorcake & Caramel Chocolate Cake: Strawberry shortcake made a delicious chocolate caramel cake! She did everything on her own, and it was a total hit! She won 3rd place for the 6th-7th graders.   Turbo … [Read more...]


Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook


Good morning everyone! I created a new Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook specifically designed with kindies in mind! As the Teeny Tot has been progressing through our year, I’m finding the Preschool Daily Learning Notebook was too easy, but some of the things in the Elementary Daily Learning Notebook were too hard. I also had a few extra things that I wanted her to work on each day like numbers and letters. So I created a Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook for her and any of you who might be interested as well!       So what is included in the daily learning notebook? Days of the Week Months of the Year Numbers Letters Weather Graphing Handwriting Practice Weekday Sheets: Each day students will fill out the appropriate sheet for the current day. They will locate today’s number date in the circles provided, and write the number for today in the green box, the number that comes before it in the yellow box, and the number that comes … [Read more...]


Crochet Pig Hat Tutorial


Okay, so I have a pig lover in our midst. It’s Tinker Bell. She loves all things pig. And when I saw this super adorable pig hat tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me, I couldn’t pass it up! Oh my word, this is so cute!   This pattern was actually fairly simple to follow once you learn the stitches. So I think it is definitely do-able for beginners like me. And it makes me look like I might have a clue about what I’m doing. Which makes me seem all ‘crafty’ and like I’m a cool mom. And I like anything that makes me seem like a cool mom. Word.   Here are our supplies: 1 size H (5mm) crochet hook 1 Skein pink yarn: We used Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium worsted weight yarn in Pink. 1 Skein dark pink color We used the Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in Pink Poodle A tiny amount of black yarn for the nostrils.Like literally a couple inches. So we just used whatever we had in our stash. A teeny amount of white yarn to stitch on the eyes. … [Read more...]


What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 3rd Grade


Good morning! I’ve been posting our workboxes again, and now it’s time for a 3rd grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Tinker Bell’s workboxes today, and as I said above she’s a 3rd grader this year. What? When did that happen? I remember when she went in to 1st grade and I thought to myself…she’s waaaaay tooooo little to be going into 1st grade! Sigh…       Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible 1) Like everyone else, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things she uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going … [Read more...]


Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course


I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling. My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.   Naysayers There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if … [Read more...]


October Holidays & Fun Days 2014


Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 International Day for the Elderly October 3 World Smile Day October 3 Yom Kippur October 8 Sukkot October 13 Columbus Day October 13 Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 16 Boss's Day October 24 United Nations Day October 25 Make a Difference Day October 31 Halloween   Fun Days! October 1 - World Vegetarian Day Eat your veggies today! Find a fun recipe and make a vegetarian dinner October 3 - World Smile Day Self explanatory, but make sure to share a smile with those around you! Check out pinterest for some healthy teeth activities October 4 - National Golf Day Head out for a game of golf with the family Have younger kiddos? Play a round of … [Read more...]